New York Police Investigate Rape Claims Against Russell Simmons

New York Police Investigate Rape Claims Against Russell Simmons

Photo Following mounting reports accusing the music mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct, law enforcement is conducting a preliminary investigation. Credit Scott Roth/Invision, via Scott Roth, via Invision, via Associated Press The police in New York on Thursday said they...
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He Knows Melodrama When He Sees It

He Knows Melodrama When He Sees It

Is melodrama more a function of content or style? If you scan the program it’s striking how many plot elements and themes recur, things like adultery and forbidden love and difficult family relationships. Fallen women or wronged women as the...
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Review: ‘The Merry Widow’ at the Met, Its Charm Exhausted

Review: ‘The Merry Widow’ at the Met, Its Charm Exhausted

Photo Susan Graham, her voice mellow and intimate, plays the title role in “The Merry Widow” at the Metropolitan Opera. Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times I envy my New York Times colleague Michael Cooper, who recently got to see...
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A Plea to Resurrect the Christmas Tradition of Telling Ghost Stories

A Plea to Resurrect the Christmas Tradition of Telling Ghost Stories

For the last hundred years, Americans have kept ghosts in their place, letting them out only in October, in the run-up to our only real haunted holiday, Halloween. But it wasn’t always this way, and it’s no coincidence that the...
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Hito Steyerl Is an Artist With Power. She Uses It for Change.

Hito Steyerl Is an Artist With Power. She Uses It for Change.

But the films’ politics are served up with appealing, accessible pop-culture aesthetics, sardonic humor and the odd four-letter word. Viewers have stood in long lines at venues like the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles or the German pavilion...
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Surrounded by Violence, and Contemplating Its Toll on Us

Surrounded by Violence, and Contemplating Its Toll on Us

To that end, Ms. Weems, 64, has invited luminaries from the visual and performing arts (including MacArthur Foundation “geniuses,” like herself, and several Pulitzer Prize-winners) along with writers, professors and activists, to address violence of all ki...
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Art Review: Homage to Mexico: Josef Albers and His Reality-Based Abstraction

Art Review: Homage to Mexico: Josef Albers and His Reality-Based Abstraction

Art rarely thrives in a vacuum. It is by definition polyglot and in flux, buffeted by the movement of art objects, goods and people across borders and among cultures, and also by individual passion. This much, especially the passion part,...
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The 25 Best Classical Music Recordings of 2017

The 25 Best Classical Music Recordings of 2017

BERLIOZ: ‘Les Troyens’ Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg; John Nelson, conductor (Erato). Berlioz’s epic opera has rarely been given such luxury treatment as in this magnificent live recording from France. Mr. Nelson, a “Troyens” veteran many ti...
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Inside the iMac Pro – Apple’s most powerful Mac yet

Inside the iMac Pro – Apple’s most powerful Mac yet

Apple’s iMac Pro is finally available to buy. I spent the day with Apple and some its key application developers including Adobe and Maxon – and more than a few iMac Pros. And while I didn’t get a chance to...
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Kit Harington Isn’t Trying to Compete With ‘Game of Thrones’

Kit Harington Isn’t Trying to Compete With ‘Game of Thrones’

An audibly weary Mr. Harington discussed “Gunpowder” from Belfast, where he is shooting the final season of “Game of Thrones.” (“It was a grueling day, I’m not going to lie,” he said.) These are edited excerpts from the conversation. What...
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Data viz designer Nadieh Bremer on how to create award-winning data visualisations

Data viz designer Nadieh Bremer on how to create award-winning data visualisations

Many of us disregard infographics and data visualisation as boring, dry vector-shaped static images, but this is simply ill-informed. With a boom in data journalism over the last few years and a rise in various styles of data visualisations –...
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